Novak Djokovic has just finished his 2021, which has given him a lot of satisfaction on the tennis court. The number 1 in the world won three majors this year, as well as touching what would have been an epic 'Calendar Grand Slam'
Had he triumphed at the US Open, Nole would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. To break his dream was an impeccable Daniil Medvedev, who took revenge for the blow he suffered in the final of the Australian Open 2021.
The Serbian champion has however embellished his 2021 by winning the 37th Masters 1000 of his career and closing the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever. The presence of the 34-year-old from Belgrade at the Australian Open 2022 remains uncertain, given the requirement of vaccination for all players registered in the Happy Slam.
On Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion used his Twitter profile to comment on the fierce protests in his country. In fact, Serbian public opinion did not like the government's plan to allow 'Rio Tinto', a mining company, to extract lithium in the country.
Djokovic has just finished his 2021
"Given the current civil protests throughout Serbia that indicate the need for a serious and concrete approach to important environmental issues, I decided to address the public, convinced of the great importance of these topics for all of us," wrote the World No.
1 on his Instagram story. Novak Djokovic stated that he has always tried to be apolitical but is bothered by the fact that one can't express his opinion freely. "I am aware that there are other demands that are heard at the protest, which have a political connotation," he lamented.
"I want to distance myself from 'position' and 'opposition', political currents of any kind. I have always tried to be APOLITICAL. It bothers me that a person cannot emphasize his personal position and opinion on the basic elements for life and health such as Air, Water and Food without being "marked" as a leftist, rightist, oppositionist, democrat, progressive, socialist, etc.
I am grateful to be aware of this and try to adhere to the true values and principles of life that I believe are the basis of every individual's life and healthy society," he wrote. "I hear comments - that an athlete 'interferes where he doesn't belong', but I am a man before I'm an athlete or anything. Like everyone else."